Thursday, December 17, 2009

Sooo Exciting!

Anyone who knows us knows that we geek out over old buildings, and that bringing 3749 Chcago back to its original form as the Nokomis Theater as much as possible has been part of our plan since day one, so imagine our delight when we stopped by the building to see how the renovations were going yesterday and discovered this!











It might be a little difficult to tell from the photograph, but what you are looking at is the original movie theater tile on the floor that will eventually be in our front entry way. It will be the first thing you see when you walk through the front doors, and the tiles spell out the word NOKOMIS!

We had a few more amazing finds -- it appears that a lot of the original subway tile is still in the building, and the ceiling is about a foot and half higher than we thought it was which is fantastic news!





Again, it may be a little bit tough to tell from the picture, but the ceiling has been removed in about 3/4 of the studio area. And check out those I-beams! This building isn't going anywhere!






Here's Montana taking some measurements of the windows -- we'll have some more exciting news about those to follow soon!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Twice the Gift Holiday Bonanza

Thursday, December 17th, from 4 to 8 p.m., is a great opportunity to check out Twice the Gift, and holiday boutique selling unique gifts to support local nonprofits, including CAFAC. Our friends at Twice the Gift have put together a great event, with hors d'oeuvres, wine tasting, and the opportunity to meet and mingle with representatives from the organizations involved. Oh, and of course, it'll be a perfect night to take in the Holidazzle, with temperature forecasted to be a balmy 25 degrees tomorrow! Twice the Gift's website also offers you the opportunity to purchase ShareCards from the convenience of your computer.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

CAFAC in the news

Here's a great article from the Spokesman-Recorder about the resurgence of development activity at 38th and Chicago, including CAFAC. This intersection is unique in that it's the convergence of four neighborhoods - it really is the heart of a diverse community. The cooperation that's happening amongst the four neighborhood organizations, the business association, and the intersection's business owners is bringing about some needed positive action, and we're glad to be a part of it.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Breakin' out the Bubbly!

WHOO HOO!!

The closing finally took place! Artspace officially bought the building at 3749 Chicago today, and we signed the lease yesterday so it's officially our home!

Hooray! Whoop whoop! Yee-hah! (can you tell we're a little excited?)

Thursday, December 3, 2009


Hi Everyone,

We just learned that Twice the Gift--a cooperative retail organization featuring products manufactured by and benefiting Twin Cities non-profit organizations--is going to be featured on WCCO tonight!

Please watch for Darcy Pohland's segment on channel 4 at 5 p.m. and keep an eye open for those CAFAC ornaments designed by our SPEAK project kids!